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Local Time 2024-01-24 21:58

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Fanning Island (Tabuaeran) is among the many tropical atolls forming Kiribati's Line Islands. The island covers a total area of approx 34 km2 (13 mi2) and has population around 2,000.

Fanning Island (Tabuaeran, Kiribati)

Island's highest elevation is 3 m (10 ft) above sea level (high tide). Atoll's inner lagoon has an area of 110 km2 (42 ml2). Lagoon's deepest water is about 15 m (49 ft), but most of it is very shallow.

When Europeans discovered Tabuaeran, it was uninhabited. During the 19th century, the island was a copra producer. Currently, it has a small population. Best tourist activities are swimming, diving and snorkelling along the coast. Atoll's administrative centre is Paelau - located on the western coast, and south of passage into the lagoon. The health centre is also there.

Work opportunities were reduced by NCL Norwegian Cruise Line  ceasing to call on the island, as well as due to reduced operations of Atoll Seaweed Company. Fanning Island was a weekly port of call for NCL, which had cruise ships homeported in Honolulu Hawaii .

USA's federal regulations required foreign-flagged vessels to visit a foreign port. US-based liner visited this island destination as it was more cost-effective (for visiting a foreign country) than to pay port charges as a consequence of US Passenger Vessel Services Act. The ship Norwegian Wind (now SuperStar Aquarius) left the NCL fleet in 2007. Later, NCL introduced 3 vessels to operated specifically in Hawaii USA. All these liners were US-flagged and not required to visit foreign ports of call.

Fanning Island was regularly visited by the Holland America  ships  ms Rotterdam  (2010), ms Westerdam  (2011), ms Volendam  (2011).

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Cruise ships to Fanning Island dock (anchor) at Napari (Napali) - a settlement located at the northern end of Tabuaeran atoll, Kiribati.

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If you’re looking for a South Pacific cruise excursion that’s totally off-the-beaten-path, welcome to Fanning Island. Boomer travelers won’t find stores, tours or any services, but they will experience welcoming residents living on a coral atoll with a turquoise-hued lagoon that screams tropical paradise.

On a visit to Fanning Island discover a lagoon bordered by white sand, a turquoise lagoon accentuated by a big, blue sky.

While the island offers scenic eye candy, it’s not always a paradise for those who live here. Life on Fanning Island may appear simple but it’s also a hardscrabble existence.

With no power grid or indoor plumbing, residents rely on generators, water catchment basins and shallow, fresh water wells. A supply ship visits two to three times per year.

Approximately (the numbers change depending on the source) 1900 islanders reside in 8 villages scattered around the atoll. They depend on the sea for fish and also live off the land by growing taro, pumpkin, and harvesting coconut and papaya. There is also some exportation of seaweed and copra.

How to get to Fanning Island

A luxury cruise ship faces the English Channel on Fanning Island, where the dark, blue Pacific melds with turquoise lagoon waters.

The majority of visitors arrive by ship while cruising on long, South Pacific itineraries . Fanning Island is usually included either before or after calling on Hawaii , which is about 1,000 miles to the north. From 2001 to 2007, Norwegian Cruise Lines included the atoll as a port on Hawaiian cruise routes. 

Tabuaeran Atoll, Fanning’s official name, is part of the Northern Line island chain in the Republic of Kiribati . The remote island country consists of 33 coral atolls sprawled over one million square miles in the Pacific Ocean. You may know Kiribati as the Gilbert Islands.

So far, Alan and I have cruised to Fanning Island on three South Pacific cruises, the latest being on Crystal Serenity . During one visit, rough seas prevented tenders from navigating through the English Channel—the passage into the lagoon. But twice, we’ve had the pleasure of a complimentary cruise excursion to one of the most remote places on earth.

Experiencing a Fanning Island cruise ship excursion

A thatch roof pavillion greets visitors to Taubuaeran Atoll with the multi-hued turquoise lagoon in the background.

As Alan and I disembark the tender at Paelau, a village that serves as Tabuaeran’s administrative center, a group of school children sits under a thatch roof pavilion singing a welcome song. We pause and listen to the harmonies.

If you’re taking photos or videos, or simply enjoying the music, show your appreciation by dropping a couple of dollars into the contribution bucket.

Nearby, an impromptu market offers a combination folk festival–craft show atmosphere. Residents dressed in native garb pose for enthusiastic photographers—for a fee—or stand behind tables piled with sea shell necklaces, grass baskets, wood carvings and other locally-made trinkets.

There is nothing else to purchase on Fanning Island—no food, drinks, or other services. The one exception is the local who offers $10 dollar sightseeing tours in a truck.

Vegetation borders the turquoise lagoon on Taubaeran Atoll.

Alan and I usually walk a ways down the dusty road that’s to the left of the craft market looking for photography opportunities. Roosters scratch their way through brush filled with empty coconut shells. Children stand near the road, smiling shyly. Others pass by on bicycles accompanied by friendly dogs. Teenagers motor around us on small motorbikes.

As usually happens during our Fanning Island visits, it doesn’t take long before the strong sun combined with humidity—we’re only about 4 degrees from the equator—causes us to rethink the walk. Other cruise guests continue past us looking for a sandy beach for a relaxing swim in the lagoon.

Since there is no sanitation or septic system on the island, be aware that waste flows into the shallow lagoon. Looking at the beautiful water, you’d never realize it. Perhaps it won’t affect you but as they say, knowledge is key.

You’ll also see piles of trash scattered in the underbrush. It won’t ruin the experience but it’s sad to see.

A fishing boat rests against a building on Fanning Island.

Returning back to the central area, Alan and I continue our walk near a shed where boats are being repaired. There’s a small curve of a beach here that attracts cruise guests and staff. If you’d rather not swim, sitting near the lagoon under the shade of a tree is a pleasant way to spend a few minutes.

It’s possible to continue walking to the Pacific Ocean side of Fanning Island. One of our cruise friends actually walked over to swim there. However the surf is rough and he quickly changed his mind.

Tree limbs shade a sandy beach near the turquoise water of the Fanning Island lagoon.

Before returning on the tender, Alan always hands me money to shop the craft tables. “I don’t care what you buy, or if we ever use the items, just spend all of this.” With no other services to purchase, it’s the only way to help out those living in a subsistence-level economy.

Cruise guests often bring small school items for the children like pencils, paper, and such. Others pack over-the-counter medical supplies. Bringing water filtration pens is another great idea. The problem with this approach is that the passage into the lagoon may be too rough to visit Fanning Island so your supplies might not reach their intended recipients.

If you’re interested in helping the islanders, you’ll make the most impact by dropping your dollars into the contribution buckets or purchasing something from the craft tables.

Returning to Fanning Island

A boomer woman is dressed for a tropical cruise excursion as she stands next to the turquoise lagoon on Taubuaeran Atoll

After two visits to Fanning Island in 2012 and 2018—where we actually made it ashore—I can say that little has changed. During our latest experience, the residents appear even more destitute than they originally did in 2012. And the craft market did not seem as vibrant as before.

However, if our cruise ship ever anchors off Fanning Island again, Alan and I will repeat the scenario—walk around, take photos and bring cash in the hopes that buying a few trinkets helps someone out. It’s not often as travelers that we have the opportunity to visit a region of the world so unaffected by technology.

Fanning Island facts

A motorboat sits at the edge of the lagoon. Copra shells are piled behind it.

Accurate information about Fanning Island is hard to come by, even in the age of the Internet. During my search, I enjoyed reading the logs of yachting blogs, especially: Ride the Trades

And I also found the answers to a couple of my own questions:

Can I find Lodging on Fanning Island?

In my research for this article, I discovered that it is possible to stay here. True adventurers book rooms at Fanning Island Lodge through a tour provider . They’ll experience shared bathrooms, locally caught fish for dinner with daily activities ranging from fishing, surfing, snorkeling to visiting the villages.

Guests arrive by a private hour-long charter from Christmas Island, which is a 3-hour flight from Honolulu. The fishing, especially, is rumored to be outstanding.

Is Fanning Island historically important?

A thatch roof hut frames the scene of a yellow sailboat in the turquoise lagoon.

Fanning Island history goes back to the Polynesians. Artifacts have been discovered indicating that Polynesians stopped at Fanning Island on their way to explore the Hawaiian Islands. But they were long gone by the time American ship captain, Edmund Fanning, reached the island in 1798.

While some of WWII’s bloodies battles were fought on the atolls of Kiribati, especially on Tarawa, Butaritari and Abemama, Fanning Island escaped the carnage. However during WWI, a German ship shelled the atoll’s cable station severely damaging it. Soldiers came ashore and successfully cut the undersea communications cable, part of the All Red Line that connected Australia, New Zealand and Canada to Great Britain. Two weeks later the cable was repaired, reestablishing communications.

Will the Republic of Kiribati move to Fiji?

A pond bordered by tropical foliage.

Today, Fanning Island, like the rest of Kiribati, is the canary in the coal mine of climate change, no matter how we agree or disagree upon the cause. The island’s highest point is 6’ above the high tide mark, putting it at rising from rising ocean water.

In 2014, Kiribati completed the purchase of  20 square kilometers on the island of Vanua Levu in Fiji for the relocation of residents in case the coral atolls, including Tabuaeran, become unlivable. But there are some concerns about that approach.

Is it realistic to think that residents used to relying on the ocean will adapt to farming on mountainous terrain? Is there enough land and infrastructure to adequately house the folks from Kiribati? What about the Fijian residents that already reside in the area?

There are many unanswered questions. If you’d like to learn more, I recommend this article from video journalist, Alan Toth , as well as an insightful post from the Australian aid and development experts at Devpolicy Blog.

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  • For swimming and snorkeling, visit Napili Beach. With its powdery white sands overlooking clear, shallow waters, you might be able to spot various types of fish, like parrot fish and angelfish. Since Fanning Island is only a couple hundred miles north of the Equator, it's a great place to cool off.  
  • Stock up on local souvenirs at the handicraft market. Goods made by the creative islanders include woven baskets and grass skirts, wood carvings, shell jewelry, and the like. The prices are reasonable; another way to give to the community here is to bring small gifts for the children instead of giving them dollars. They're especially appreciative of school supplies and toys. Sugary sweets aren't recommended as gifts, although toothbrushes are.  
  • It's easy enough to tour the island by walking or renting a bike. There are also small truck tours that give a picture of a land relatively untouched by time.  
  • There’s a compound near the pier at English Harbour where you can get your passport validated with a Kiribati stamp, then enjoy the shade in a beach chair while sipping on a cold drink from the bar. The all-day barbeque nicely complements the local singers and dancers performing traditional pieces.

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Tabuaeran in Kiribati

Tabuaeran, also known as Fanning Island, is a coral atoll located in the central Pacific Ocean. It is part of the Line Islands in the Republic of Kiribati, and is located about 1,800 kilometres (1,118 miles) south of the Hawaiian Islands. Tabuaeran is a roughly oval-shaped atoll, measuring about 9.6 kilometres (6 miles) in length and 5.6 kilometres (3.5 miles) in width. It has a total land area of about 4.9 square kilometres (1.9 square miles), and is surrounded by a lagoon of approximately 20 square kilometres (7.7 square miles). The atoll is made up of 13 islets, with the largest being Tabuaeran Island, located in the northern part of the atoll. Tabuaeran has a rich history, having been first sighted by Spanish navigator Álvaro de Mendaña in 1595. The island was later visited by British explorer Captain James Cook in 1778, and was claimed by the United Kingdom in 1892. The island was annexed by the United States in 1922, and was administered as part of the US-controlled Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony until 1979. In 1979, the island was transferred to the newly formed Republic of Kiribati. Today, Tabuaeran is home to around 600 people, mostly of Polynesian descent. The island is a popular tourist destination, with its white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and abundant marine life. The island is also home to a number of historical sites, including the ruins of an old British fort. Tabuaeran is an important part of the history and culture of Kiribati, and is an important part of the country’s tourism industry. The island is a beautiful and peaceful place, and provides visitors with a unique glimpse into the culture and history of the Pacific Islands.

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The climate in Tabuaeran

Tabuaeran in Kiribati has a tropical climate, with temperatures ranging from 24 to 31 degrees Celsius all year round. The wet season is from November to April, with heavy rain and high humidity. The dry season is from May to October, with less rain and more sunshine. The weather is generally hot and humid, with the occasional tropical storm and occasional strong winds. The climate is generally pleasant, with warm days and cool nights, making it a great place to visit all year round.

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Our weather forecast for Tabuaeran helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

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Kiribati, located in the Central Pacific, consists of 33 low-lying atolls and coral islands. It is the largest atoll state in the world, straddling the equator for approximately 2,000 miles. Kiribati is a beautiful country rich in culture and kindness. However, it is one of the ten poorest nations in the world. You can make the children very happy with pens, paper, books etc.

Christmas island (or Kiritimati Island) and Fanning Island (or Tabuaeran Island) both located in the Kiribati Line Islands Group have become very popular as new Cruise ship destinations for cruise passengers. Christmas Island receives surprise cruise tours from cruise ships on an irregular basis, and it is also very popular for diving and game fly-fishing. Every year most American tourists come to Christmas Island to enjoy and experience the adventures in bonefish fishing and big trophy fishing.

On the island, passengers are welcomed with local dances, and participate in island tours, and activities such as sightseeing, windsurfing, fishing, snorkeling, and swimming in the clear blue lagoon.

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Tabuaeran , also known as Fanning Island or Fanning Atoll , is one of the Northern Line Islands in Kiribati .

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The most common way to get into Fanning Island is by taking a boat from Christmas Island ( Kiritimati ). You can also visit the atoll as a port of call from a cruise line. Holland America has it as a humanitarian stop on their way to French Polynesia.

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There is a dirt road that completely circles the lagoon. There are small dirt trails running in every direction from the road, but be mindful of the native population's personal property and space when hiking the trails. There is a modest collection of bicycles near the lagoon's main dock and you'll be able to rent one for a small fee.

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There is a beautiful beach to swim in that has an area with soft sand. Other areas have large coral pieces that can be difficult to walk on. There are also areas that farm seaweed.

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There is a concrete basketball court on the island that was built by a cruise line years ago. The men of the island enjoy a pick-up game and are friendly when approached about playing. They carry on smoking their hand-rolled cigarettes, even while playing the game.

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There are no shops on the island in the conventional sense. There are natives that are willing to sell you certain trinkets, with a popular item with visitors being woman's "defence knife" which is made from palm wood and is studded with shark teeth and other decorations scavenged from the sea. US dollars are generally accepted.

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Tabuaeran welcomes first cruise ship visit.

Tabuaeran, also known as Fanning Island, received its first post COVID-19 cruise ship on Saturday 04 March 2023.

Better known for its left-hand surf breaks, fly fishing flats with abundant Bonefish, Giant Trevally and Milk fish and an ideal all year-round tropical climate, the islander of Tabuaeran welcomed the MS Koningsdam and her 2,452 passengers with a cultural display of song and dance.

Once on land, some passengers used the opportunity to swim, snorkel and fish in the island’s azure lagoon, whilst others opted for leisurely island tour, including school visit and handicraft shopping.

Passenger Carrey Moffett said the island was “Something out about of a movie or a postcard’. He added that “this is what I picture when I hear the term ’South Pacific even though we were technically still in the North Pacific”.

A team from the Tourism Authority of Kiribati (TAK) Kiritimati officer led by Senior Tourism Officer, Tekonaba Teburea also travelled to Tabuaeran to assist the islanders with activities on the day.

Tabuaeran Is one of the few islands in Kiribati that offer the beaten track cruise ship experience. Other islands visited by cruise ships in the past include Kiritimati, Kanton, Butaritari, Tarawa and Abemama.

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Fanning Island, Kiribati

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Hiking

Hiking is a popular activity for cruise passengers visiting Fanning Island, Kiribati. The island is home to a variety of trails, ranging from easy to challenging, allowing visitors to explore the lush tropical forests and discover the unique flora and fauna of the area. The island also offers a number of guided hikes, allowing visitors to learn more about the local culture and history of the island.

Snorkeling

Snorkeling is a popular activity for cruise passengers visiting Fanning Island, Kiribati. The crystal clear waters of the lagoon provide an ideal environment for snorkeling, with a variety of colorful fish and coral to explore. The island also offers a number of snorkeling tours, allowing visitors to explore the depths of the lagoon and discover the unique marine life of the area.

Kayaking

Kayaking is another popular activity for cruise passengers visiting Fanning Island, Kiribati. The calm waters of the lagoon provide an ideal environment for kayaking, with a variety of small islands and coves to explore. The island also offers a number of kayaking tours, allowing visitors to explore the depths of the lagoon and discover the unique marine life of the area.

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Tebua Kiribati

Tebua Kiribati

Tebua Kiribati is a great place to find souvenirs from Fanning Island. They offer a wide variety of items, from traditional handicrafts to modern art pieces. The shop is run by local artisans, so you can be sure that you're getting authentic items. The prices are reasonable and the staff is friendly and helpful.

Tebua Tarawa Souvenir Shop

Tebua Tarawa Souvenir Shop

Tebua Tarawa Souvenir Shop is a great place to find souvenirs from Fanning Island. They offer a wide selection of items, from traditional handicrafts to modern art pieces. The shop is run by local artisans, so you can be sure that you're getting authentic items. The prices are reasonable and the staff is friendly and helpful.

Kiribati Crafts

Kiribati Crafts

Kiribati Crafts is a great place to find unique souvenirs from Fanning Island. They offer a wide variety of items, from traditional handicrafts to modern art pieces. The shop is run by local artisans, so you can be sure that you're getting authentic items. The prices are reasonable and the staff is friendly and helpful.

Beaches in Fanning Island, Kiribati

Kiritimati Beach

Kiritimati Beach

Kiritimati Beach is a beautiful beach located on the island of Kiritimati, which is part of the Fanning Island group in Kiribati. The beach is surrounded by white sand and crystal clear waters, making it a great spot for swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing. The beach is also home to a variety of marine life, including colorful fish, sea turtles, and dolphins. It's a great place to spend a day in the sun and enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Ocean.

Tabuaeran Beach

Tabuaeran Beach

Tabuaeran Beach is a stunning white sand beach located on the island of Tabuaeran, which is part of the Fanning Island group in Kiribati. The beach is surrounded by crystal clear waters and is a great spot for swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing. The beach is also home to a variety of marine life, including colorful fish, sea turtles, and dolphins. It's a great place to spend a day in the sun and enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Ocean.

Teraina Beach

Teraina Beach

Teraina Beach is a stunning beach located on the island of Teraina, which is part of the Fanning Island group in Kiribati. The beach is surrounded by white sand and crystal clear waters, making it a great spot for swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing. The beach is also home to a variety of marine life, including colorful fish, sea turtles, and dolphins. It's a great place to spend a day in the sun and enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Ocean.

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Fanning Island, Kiribati Cruise Port Terminals

Fanning Island Cruise Center

Fanning Island Cruise Center

The Fanning Island Cruise Center is the main port of call for cruise ships visiting the island. It is located on the northern side of the island and offers a range of services for passengers, including a customs office, a currency exchange, and a variety of shops and restaurants. The terminal also provides access to the island's many attractions, including its pristine beaches and lush tropical forests.

Fanning Island Cruise Terminal

Fanning Island Cruise Terminal

The Fanning Island Cruise Terminal is the main port of call for cruise ships visiting the island. It is located on the western side of the island and offers a range of services for passengers, including a customs office, a currency exchange, and a variety of shops and restaurants. The terminal also provides access to the island's many attractions, including its pristine beaches and lush tropical forests.

Kiribati Cruise Terminal

Kiribati Cruise Terminal

The Kiribati Cruise Terminal is located on the eastern side of Fanning Island and is the main port of call for cruise ships visiting the island. It offers a range of services for passengers, including a customs office, a currency exchange, and a variety of shops and restaurants. The terminal also provides access to the island's many attractions, including its pristine beaches and lush tropical forests.

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Fanning Island, Kiribati is a great cruise port for those looking for a unique and remote experience. The island is known for its pristine beaches, crystal clear waters, and abundant marine life. It is also home to a variety of cultural attractions, including traditional villages and ancient ruins. The island is also a great spot for snorkeling and diving, as well as fishing and kayaking.

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Tabuaeran

Tabuaeran is one of 32 atolls that form the Republic of Kiribati, an island nation in the South Pacific. It is on the northern side of the Line Islands, an archipelago of atolls at the eastern edge of the Republic.

Tabuaeran covers 13 square miles, and it has a population of about 2,539. It is a popular stopping point for cruise ships sailing to and from Hawaii, which is approximately 900 miles (1,400km) directly north.

Today, there are eight separate villages on the atoll. Its main export is coconut, and handmade products like wooden carved spoons and sharks' teeth are sold to tourists. The local population survives on pigs, chicken, coconut, imported rice, and meats.

Brief History

Historians believe that the atoll was once a stopover point for the Polynesians who first settled Hawaii. Historical relics and artifacts have been uncovered by historians who believe that the inaugural human population was comprised of people from Tonga and the Cook Islands.

The first Europeans did not arrive until the late 1700s. In 1798, a famous American explorer and trader named Edmund Fanning reported finding the atoll while a captain on the ship Betsy. It was then founded by Fanning, which is how the atoll acquired its American name Fanning Atoll.

Tabuaeran was later established as a home to the British, who started the first coconut plantations in 1850. It was annexed by Great Britain in 1888 and historically has been used for commercial coconut production, which still forms the economy's backbone today. The atoll was renamed “Tabuaeran” in 1979 when the atoll joined Kiribati and Kiribati gained its independence.

Topography and Geology

Tabuaeran is comprised of a chain of islets that created around a large lagoon with a circumference of 32 miles. Like many of the atolls and islands in Kiribati, it is made of coral covered with scrub brush and various vegetation.

Environment

Overfishing has depleted many of Tabuaeran's indigenous fish and shellfish populations, which include tropical fish and reef fish, but there are still quite a few sharks in the waters surrounding the island. Unlike many atolls in Kiribati, little remains of Tabuaeran's native plant and animal life, and its lands and waters have been repurposed to support introduced species. The climate of Tabuaeran is tropical, with a distinct drier season and rainy season that brings steady, heavy rainfall and winds.

Travel Information

The majority of the Line Islands are uninhabited and dangerous to attempt travel to alone. Tabuaeran is somewhat of an exception as the island is often visited by tourists via Norwegian Cruise Line, and has a few facilities and resources available. Phone service and electricity is still unavailable however, so serious precautions must be taken by anyone planning on attempting to travel there alone. Tabuarean can be accessed by air, utilizing Air Kiribati's Line Islands route from Kiritimati - Tabuaeran - Teraina.

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Remote serenity – the Tabuaeran Atoll

If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting an island in the South Pacific untouched by modern civilization, then the closest you’ll probably ever get is the Tabuaeran Atoll, also known as Fanning Island. The island is actually in the Central Pacific Ocean, part of the Line Islands of the small nation of Kiribati (pronounced Ki-ri-bass in the local Gilbertese language). We visited in March 2023, as a stop on our cruise on Holland America’s Koningsdam.

The land area is approximately 34 km², the elevation is about 3 m above high tide, and the population is a little over 2,000. Ironically, if all 2,500 passengers from the Koningsdam had disembarked on the atoll (they didn’t), the population of the island would have more than doubled!

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There isn’t much commercial ocean traffic to the atoll. A supply ship visits 3 to 4 times a year, and the atoll doesn’t get many visitors. Until 2007, Norwegian Cruise Lines used to make occasional visits. In 2010, Holland America started to include Tabuaeran on some of its itineraries. However, in March 2020 with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the already limited visitor traffic came to a complete halt. Our trip on the Koningsdam was the first visit by a cruise ship in three years!

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Most residents farm a vegetable plot, and the men fish. There are many fruit trees on the island, including the ubiquitous jackfruit and breadfruit. The islanders supplement their diet with rice and tinned meat that is brought in on the supply ships. The little money they earn comes from seaweed farming. Sticks are placed vertically in the water, and netting is stretched between them. The seaweed grows on the surface of the mesh, which is then harvested, dried and sold for export.

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Given how big the Koningsdam is, we anchored several miles away from the atoll, and tendered in. The first tender in the morning was only for the crew carrying gift supplies for the islanders. Because we were the first large ship visiting the island since the onset of Covid in March 2020, the crew also brought in tools and lumber. Since the pier had been unused for three years, the crew expected that they would need to complete some dock repairs. Later in the morning, once repairs were complete, passengers began tendering to shore. By the time we got there at about noon, the atmosphere was one of a small country fair. As we stepped off the tender, a group of men were singing traditional songs to welcome us. In the area around the dock, local women and children had set up tables where they displayed their handmade crafts for sale . Groups of school children were singing and dancing. An enterprising, gap-toothed, elderly gentleman with a wide grin was offering tours around the island in a rickety little truck.

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We had been warned that the amenities on the island were very limited. There were no restaurants, and there was no food for sale. There were no tourist attractions, and no bathrooms. But there was something else! We were captivated by the people we met. There was genuine joy in their faces and voices. They were clearly excited to have visitors again, and welcomed us to wander around their island to explore. And we were enchanted by the sea-green lagoon ringed with beautiful, sandy beaches.

Individual homes were mostly thatched huts, and almost all were on stilts since the island is only at about a 3 m elevation. There are some concrete buildings, but they are primarily community facilities.

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Probably the most beautiful sight on the Tabuaeran Atoll are the beaches. White sand, minus hordes of tourists, gradually tapering into the impossibly-green ocean. Several cruise ship visitors donned their swimsuits and were happily splashing in the water.

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Many of the cruise visitors had brought gifts, supplies and cash donations for the Islanders. Since we had researched this in advance, we brought packages of Crayola crayons and HB pencils to distribute to the children and to the school programs. In addition we knew we wanted to spend some money on the locally-made crafts, if for no other reason than to contribute to their fragile economy. Merge bought some beautifully handcrafted shell jewellery from the women at their tables. This wasn’t really jewelry that she wanted, so she later gifted it to some of the crew on board the ship who were pleased to receive it for their families back home. We also bought some very unique Kiribati stamps as a souvenir.

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If you are looking for a tourist mecca, complete with hotels, beach amenities, restaurants, tours, and souvenir shopping, then the Tabuaeran atoll is not the place to visit. But if you are looking for a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of people who live off the land and the sea and have very little beyond that, but yet are happy and stress-free, then this may be the place to visit. This is how life might have been 100 years ago, before modern civilization made its mark on most of the world.

Don’t forget, there are no hotels or motels here, so if you’re going to visit, probably best to plan for a day trip!

Thank you for your blog on Fanning Island. I have several backpacks full of items to leave with these wonderful people. I also have a gift for the children we meet. Heard they love Kool aide and tea. Not sure how I am going to get all my items on the cruise ship but we will get it done. Excited to visit this remote island and purchase some of their items. My only concern in the tender ride in and back and no restroom….years ago wouldn’t have been a problem however now it becomes a concern. lol.

You’re welcome Josie, I’m so glad you found this helpful. The tender ride itself isn’t long, and you can stay for as long or as little as you’d like. I think you’ll be fine!

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Tabuaeran means Heavenly Footprint - Fenua-ura

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Tabuaeran means Heavenly Footprint

Not exactly heavenly but a beautiful Pacific island. Tabuaeran is Fanning Island, in English, named after the American Captain Edmund Fanning of the American ship Betsy. He discovered the uninhabited, at that time, island on 11th June 1798. It belongs to Line islands, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Part of the Republic of Kiribati, it gained its independence in 1979. It's a completely isolated small island that depends on the supply similar ship comes from Hawaii. But now some cruise ships have added Fanning Island to their itineraries, mainly to help local people. They give the locals fuel and drinkable water. The passengers too contribute to the aid, buying local jewelry (mainly out of shells), leaving money for the school, etc. Upon arrival a group of local people sing their welcoming version. At the port an endless line of stalls waits for your precious money. A few metres further, very young children dance and adults dressed in warrior clothes pose for photos. They all expect your generous contribution to the community. I undestand this and always buy things without bargaining, to support local people. But I don't agree with the big white buckets everywhere. They could be at the corners and not exposed like they are. They even destroy the photos! The nearby beach has clear waters and some shades below the big trees. I've spent the whole day there, in and out of the water. For people interested in going a bit further from the port without walking, there is an open truck that makes it possible.

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We visited Fanning atoll via a Crystal cruise lines cruise ship. A ship's tender took us from anchor to a pier on the shore. We were told that about 2,000 people live in 6-7 villages around the atoll. There was a "tourist" area by the pier where the locals greeted the tourists. All very friendly. The locals were busy selling tourist shells and necklaces and performing dances for our herd of 500 cruisers, but the real joy was just walking about the atoll - seeing life in the middle of nowhere. Peaceful and calm. We visited the local school and saw many of the houses - all on stilts, by the way. The locals were friendly and the weather was lovely. I loved shelling along one of the remote beaches. My travel tip: leave the main tourist area and start walking along the largest path - far as you wish to go. You cannot get lost. Experience the pure joy of relaxing in the middle of nowhere. I have a Fanning video on youtube, if interested.

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I was onboard one of the cruise ships where Fanning Island a port of call. Unfortunately not many ships stop here - I heard about 10 ships a year. The people gave us a warming welcoming song. They reply on tourists to buy their crafts mainly of weaved baskets and shelled jewelry. If you know that you're stopping here, please bring them supplies for the school (I brought packs of paper) and small beads & fish line to use in making their crafts. I was told that even though people bring them shoes, the locals don't wear shoes. It's like me being barefoot all my life and then having to wear shoes. In my travels I have learned not to give the kids candies as it'll rot their teeth & there are no dentists around. They don't use toothbrushes nor toothpaste as it's not thought of. There's no electricity nor plumbing so WiFi and toilets are out of the question. There is no food for sale here. You will find fresh coconut juice for a buck. It's interesting to see how they crack open a coconut. We were told there's a grocery store but allow the locals to buy the goods as they get limited supplies coming in. Try to be eco-friendly by taking your garbage back with you on the ship. I even removed all the packing from the paper. I was told they had to clean up the garbage and dump it elsewhere before we arrived. If you know someone who collects stamps or someone likes postcards, mail a postcard. Go to the building where there's a tall flag pole and the post office located in the corner. Wander and witness the daily lives of the locals. The kids enjoy practicing their English with you. You can ride the Island Tour Bus for $10 US to see a part of the island and stop at the school. You can swim or snorkel in the lagoon. I wish I knew ahead of time that the ship was making a pit stop here. Otherwise, would of brought more things. A must stop if you want to see the locals living a simple life. And they're happy!

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We were fortunate to visit the tiny island of Fanning Island. We arrived by cruise ship and tendered in as the start of our South Pacific adventure. It started pouring rain as we disembarked...warm rain. The local people were huddled under a tarp and singing us a welcome song that was very appreciative. They had their tables set up with their handy crafts for sale and really loved their bead necklaces and hair jewelry. We had brought some school supplies for the local school children and went into their classroom to say Hi! They also have a truck excursion for $10 pp for the Island Tour...lol They have no electricity or septic on the island. Most clothing is thread worn and most wear no shoes. They seem to be happy people and the children are a delight. Take time to visit this island and appreciate the simple life as it is here.

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It seemed that almost everyone was at the dock area to greet us cruise visitors; also to sell their wares. We were told that there was strong rip currents on the ocean side of the land and that the lagoon side had dirty water, so we did not do any snorkeling. We just walked around in the hot humid air looking at things for sale and their houses.

Great little island . Had so much fun at the beach. The villagers are very friendly and inviting. Shopped their handmade gifts. Very unique. Very primitive. No luxury and they seem very happy.

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JaxPort is close to bringing a second cruise line to town, joining mainstay Carnival

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The arrival of a second cruise ship service for Jacksonville is on the horizon.

JaxPort CEO Eric Green said the agreement could come soon to the port authority's board.

"Our team has been busy in this area and we hope to have an announcement to share in the coming weeks," Green told the board at its meeting Monday.

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Green did not identify the cruise ship company but said after the meeting it is not Carnival Cruise Line, which has had a ship sailing out of Jacksonville since 2004. The current Carnival ship is the 2,190 guest Elation that goes to the Bahamas.

"This is an added service coming from another cruise line," Green said.

He said the cruise line company would have capacity for a few hundred more people than the Carnival ship and offer longer cruise voyages on a seasonal basis.

Jacksonville is not as big a cruise homeport as Port Canaveral, Miami or Fort Lauderdale, which are among the busiest in the world. But Jacksonville has carved out a niche in the cruise industry for travelers who don't want to drive farther south for their trips.

Jacksonville surpassed the 3 million mark for cruise passengers in November for trips from the JaxPort cruise terminal located off Heckscher Drive west of Interstate 295.

Green said the cruise line coming to Jacksonville was interested in getting board approval for the additional service at the Monday meeting but bringing it to the board will require more time to get all the documents squared away.

"We weren't able to get it done for this meeting, but we'll have a special board meeting in the next week or two so we can get that piece of business done as well," board Chairman Daniel Bean said.

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Fanning Island, also known as Tabuaeran, which means "heavenly footprint" in the native Polynesian language, is a ring-shaped coral reef surrounding a protected lagoon in the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean. Its non-Polynesian name derives from the American explorer, Edmund Fanning, who discovered the then unpopulated island in 1798. Tabuaeran later fell under British rule from 1889 through 1979 until it gained independence and became part of the Republic of Kiribati.

Celebrated for its white-sand beaches, blue-green waters and friendly residents, Tabuaeran is a paradise for snorkeling, surfing and sunning. One of the closest landfalls is the Hawaiian Islands, though even they sit some 1,450 kilometers (900 miles) away. The island has even played the part of the proverbial desert island on television, appearing in the closing shot of Gilligan's Island . While the atoll may have been a stopover for the Polynesians who first settled Hawaii, unlike those more popular Pacific islands, it has retained its feeling of being a remote outpost into the 21st century. 

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A second cruise line may begin offering service in Jacksonville soon, News4JAX news partner Jacksonville Daily Record reported .

JaxPort’s CEO Eric Green Green told the Jacksonville Port Authority board in a meeting on Monday that the incoming cruise company was seeking approval from the JaxPort Cruise Terminal.

He said the company wanted to be put on the Monday agenda, but documents for the deal couldn’t be completed in time for the meeting. Green also said the cruise line was “anxious” to finalize the agreement and requested a special meeting to expedite the approval, the JDR reported.

Board Chair Daniel Bean agreed to set a special meeting in the next two weeks.

JDR reported that after the meeting, Green said the incoming company would operate a ship larger than Carnival Cruise Line’s Elation, which is the only ship sailing from JaxPort’s Cruise Terminal, and it holds about 2,400 passengers.

“This is not Carnival saying we’re going to bring in a bigger ship,” Green told the JDR. “This is an added service from another cruise line.”

The JaxPort Authority could not confirm the company’s name.

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Royal Caribbean Addresses Rumor Spreading Among Passengers That 9-Month Cruise Could Be Cut Short

The Ultimate World Cruise has become a TikTok phenomenon as travelers document their time on board, including questions about its future itinerary amid global conflicts

Natalia Senanayake is an Editorial Assistant, Lifestyle at PEOPLE. She covers all things travel and home, from celebrities' luxury mansions to breaking travel news.

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  • A popular TikTok content creator aboard the Ultimate World Cruise is sharing a rumor spreading on board that the nine-month sailing could end early.
  • In the video, she says word is spreading that the cruise could end in Los Angeles due to conflicts in the Middle East impacting the future itinerary
  • A representative for Royal Caribbean confirmed to PEOPLE that they plan to continue the journey as scheduled

Royal Caribbean is addressing that its famous nine-month cruise could end early due to global unrest affecting the itinerary.

A popular content creator aboard the company’s Ultimate World Cruise , Adita (who goes by @aditaml2759), shared a TikTok on Tuesday that revealed she’s been “hearing a couple of rumors” about the course of the trip that has her feeling “a little worried.” 

“The rumor that I’ve been hearing is that Royal Caribbean is thinking of ending the World Cruise in Los Angeles due to problems in the Middle East and us not being able to go through the Red Sea and the Suez Canal,” she says in the video.

She adds that it’s “worrying” if those plans are true and the cruise line hasn’t informed the passengers yet. “We would certainly like to know.” 

The cruiser adds that she thinks there are alternatives to ending the cruise early, such as taking a detour around Africa or dropping passengers off in Dubai and flying them to the Mediterranean. 

She concludes, “I don’t like putting rumors out there, but I think the passengers that invested so much money and so much time to see the world deserve to know what is going on.” 

In a statement shared with PEOPLE from Royal Caribbean, the cruise line confirmed it will continue its journey as planned. 

“The Ultimate World Cruise has given guests the opportunity to see the world in a unique way, and we have loved watching their reactions to this incredible experience. This adventure will complete its first segment in February, and we can’t wait to kick off the next part of the journey shortly after and begin exploring Asia," the statement says.

Two other passengers on board the ship tell PEOPLE they have not heard the rumor about the cruise ending early.

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A crisis in the Suez Canal may be the cause for concern among passengers. Pirate attacks on cargo ships in the Red Sea are causing major disruptions in the region, according to the New York Times . The conflict between Israel and Palestine as well as U.S military actions in Yemen are also ongoing.

Silversea, a cruise line under the Royal Caribbean Group, altered one of its ship's itineraries this week, according to Travel Weekly. The ship was scheduled to sail through the Red Sea, from Aqaba, Jordan, passing by Yemen on its way to Muscat, Oman. A representative for Royal Caribbean Group told the outlet that the cruise will be cut short, ending in Aqaba, where guests will disembark. They'll instead return by plane from there.

The "Middle East and Med" portion of the World Cruise begins in May 2024 with planned stops in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Salalah, Oman; and Petra, Jordan.

Passengers officially set sail on the Serenade of the Seas for the nine-month journey starting Dec. 10, 2023. The trip is set to conclude on Sept. 10, 2024 after it makes its way through the Americas, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Mediterranean, Europe and beyond.

The sailing will cover 11 world wonders and travel to more than 60 countries in 274 days. Prices for the full experience ranged from $53,999 per person to $117,599 per person.

While the ship has already made its way through the Drake Passage on its journey to Antarctica earlier this month, additional legs of the cruise are still available for passengers to book.

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Lionel Messi and Inter Miami show off new jersey, help christen a new ship

Inter Miami soccer player Lionel Messi walks through the crowd as he arrives for a naming ceremony for Royal Caribbean International’s new cruise ship Icon of the Seas, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, in Miami. The cruise line has named Messi as the official icon of the Icon of the Seas ship. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami soccer player Lionel Messi, right, shakes hands with Jason Liberty, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, during a naming ceremony for Royal Caribbean International’s new cruise ship, Icon of the Seas, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, in Miami. Inter Miami CF has formed a partnership with the cruise line Royal Caribbean International. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

A performer hands a soccer ball to Icon of the Seas Captain Henrik Loy, right, as Inter Miami soccer player Lionel Messi, second from right, looks on during a naming ceremony for Royal Caribbean International’s new cruise ship, Icon of the Seas, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, in Miami. Inter Miami CF has formed a partnership with the cruise line Royal Caribbean International. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Television host Mario Lopez speaks during an event on the world’s largest cruise ship Icon of the Seas, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, in Miami. The MLS soccer team Inter Miami CF has formed a partnership with the cruise line Royal Caribbean International. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Inter Miami soccer player Lionel Messi, center, bumps fists with a member of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers bagpipe band, left, during a naming ceremony for Royal Caribbean International’s new cruise ship, Icon of the Seas, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, in Miami. Inter Miami CF has formed a partnership with the cruise line Royal Caribbean International. At right is Jason Liberty, president and CEO of the Royal Caribbean Group. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

A dancer performs in front of Inter Miami soccer player Lionel Messi, second from left, seated, during an event on the world’s largest cruise ship Icon of the Seas, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, in Miami. The MLS soccer team Inter Miami CF has formed a partnership with the cruise line Royal Caribbean International. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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MIAMI (AP) — Lionel Messi showed off a new jersey, then helped christen a new ship.

Inter Miami celebrated its partnership with cruise line Royal Caribbean International on Tuesday by sending Messi and his teammates to the Port of Miami, where they took part in the traditional naming of a new ship — the Icon of the Seas, in this case. The ship, which formally sets sail for the first time this weekend, is the longest in the world at 1,198 feet.

Messi was the headliner at the ceremony, placing a soccer ball atop a stand to “start” the traditional breaking of a champagne bottle against the bow of the ship — something that is supposed to bring good luck to the vessel and its passengers.

The eight-time Ballon d’Or winner called it a “privilege.”

FILE - Portland Thorns defender Becky Sauerbrunn (4) runs during the second half of an NWSL soccer match against the OL Reign, Saturday, June 3, 2023, in Seattle. Veteran defender Becky Sauerbrunn has signed a one-year contract that will keep her with the Portland Thorns of the National Women's Soccer League through the upcoming season. Terms of the contract announced Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024 were not released. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson, File)

“It’s a great honor for me and I know what it means for the city of Miami and the entire world,” Messi said in Spanish. “So, I name this ship Icon of the Seas. God bless you and all of the people who will sail with her.”

At an earlier event inside a theater aboard the ship, Inter Miami showed off its new black kit for the 2024 season. Messi and his teammates removed pink zippered sweatshirts to reveal the black jersey, trimmed in the team’s traditional pink with a Royal Caribbean logo across the chest.

Messi and Inter Miami leave later this week for Saudi Arabia and a pair of matches next week as part of its international preseason tour. First up is a match against Al-Hilal on Jan. 29, and then on Feb. 1 it’s a match against Al Nassr — which features Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi’s longtime rival.

But Ronaldo’s health is in serious question. Al Nassr had a pair of matches that were scheduled to be held in China starting this week called off because of what organizers called “physical issues” for Ronaldo — reportedly a calf injury that could take two weeks to heal.

And that might mean Ronaldo vs. Messi won’t happen. At a news conference in China, Ronaldo apologized to fans and said injuries are something he couldn’t control.

Messi and Ronaldo have faced off 35 previous times between matches for club and country, with Messi’s teams winning 16, Ronaldo’s teams winning 10 and the sides settling for a draw on the other nine occasions. Messi has 21 goals and 12 assists in those matches; Ronaldo has 20 goals and one assist.

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